This Sunday, June 21, over 1,000 musicians will take to the streets to participate in Make Music New York: a free, city-wide outdoor music festival across all five boroughs. Astoria and Long Island City are getting involved in a big way, presenting over fifty musicians performing in seventeen different locations, with venues ranging from coffee shops to skate parks. Whether you’re into hip-hop, indie-rock, or classical, there’s something for every musical taste. To help you navigate your way, we’re here to highlight four artists you should check out:
Led by the powerhouse vocals of lead singer Erica Lane, The Hunting Party blends urban folk-rock with the “can’t get it out of your head” hooks of a modern Fleetwood Mac. On Sunday, catch them at LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd) at 3pm, followed by the Athens Triangle (32-15 Newtown Ave) at 7pm.
How could we NOT include a band called Distoria in this wrapup? Based in Queens, this high energy alt-rock group resembles a mix of Florence and the Machine with a little bit of The Dresden Dolls. You can check them out at Cafe Bar (32-90 36th St) at 2pm.
Performing music with a mission, Ms. Reign is a hip-hop artist and LBGTQ poet celebrated for her poignant lyrics and comedic styling. You can find her at The Grow Room (32-32 49th St) at 3pm, and Astoria Coffee (30-04 30th St) at 5pm.
If you’re looking to rock a little harder, a la Black Sabbath or Motorhead, don’t miss Sweet Magma. They’ll be performing at Astoria Skate Park at 2pm, and an evening show at Sparrow Tavern (24-01 29th St) at 7pm.
Additional shows to keep on your radar:
-Court Square (Jackson Ave & Court Square) will be hosting Get Open Sessions from 2-6pm. Billed as “a free form forum for dance & music,” it’s a chance to get your dance on, in the middle of the afternoon!
-In culmination of their Summer Solstice festival, Queens Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) at 7:30pm. What better way to close out the longest day of the year than with the gorgeous sounds of our borough’s only professional orchestra?
To find a full listing of all Make Music New York shows, head over to their homepage and search by both Artist and Venue.